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With Labor Day in rearview mirror, autumn comes into view

Clouds surround Sleeping Giant on Tuesday morning as rain falls throughout Routt County.

— Right on cue, the conclusion of the Labor Day weekend has ushered in cooler weather and moisture to the Yampa Valley.

"We're going into the weather pattern change that is typical of fall," Joe Ramey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Tuesday morning as a slow and steady rain fell over Steamboat Springs. "Temperatures will cool off, we'll get some rain and maybe some snow up in the Zirkels."

Officially, fall does not start until Sept. 23, but as Steamboat begins its fall shoulder season, the shift in weather patterns means winter is just a season away. Storms will begin to set a course for Northwest Colorado from the west, Ramey said. Cold fronts also will drop into the region.

"All of that kind of points to a shift in the weather pattern," Ramey said.

A low-pressure system from the Pacific Ocean has helped pull up the monsoonal moisture that is common during summer. Rain was widespread but relatively light Monday, and the most precipitation recorded in Western Colorado in the 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning was one-half inch.

The monsoonal weather patterns typically stop this time of year, Ramey said, and this one is expected to bring moisture to Northwest Colorado through Wednesday. Through the rest of the week, there is the potential for late-day storms brought about by warming throughout the day that creates lift and instability in the atmosphere, Ramey said.

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Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s throughout the week but are not expected to dip below freezing in Steamboat. High temperatures for the remainder of the week are expected to be in the high 60s and low 70s.

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